Claudine Adeyemi, who at 16 years old started receiving support from Kids Company, has launched a mobile app to support young people on their career paths.
Adeyemi was recognised as a Rising Star in Law in the WeAreTheCity Awards this year.
Now 26, living in South London, Adeyemi launched the app Career Ear through her non-profit organisation, The Student Development Co. CIC.
Adeyemi is currently a lawyer at Mishcon de Reya. She founded The Student Development Co in January 2014 with the aim of providing young people from less privileged backgrounds with career-related advice and support. Working with a team of volunteers she has helped of 150 young people so far.
Career Ear is a free app, which provides young people with a platform to ask career-related questions with responses coming directly from professionals across the UK. It has been designed to ensure that young people can make informed decisions about their careers at an earlier stage.
Adeyemi said: “Career Ear is a novel and techie way to address some of the issues we have come across with young people not having professionals in their families or wider networks to turn to for advice and lacking quality careers services at their colleges and universities.
“This often disproportionately affects black and minority ethnic groups. Professionals and companies need to take some responsibility for helping to develop our young people, some of who have such amazing potential but just lack the access to or knowledge of various opportunities. The app is an easy platform to achieve that.”
Adeyemi won Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Precious Awards 2015, was recognised as a Rising Star in Law in the WeAreTheCity Awards in 2016 and won the Judge’s Recognition Award in the Women 4 Africa Awards 2016. She is currently shortlisted for a Rising star in Professional Services Award in the Black British Business Awards 2016 and a Positive Role Model for Age Award in the National Diversity Awards 2016.
Source: WeAreTheCity – Information and jobs portal for business women